James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Benjamin Henry Latrobe, 11 February 1811 (Abstract)

§ From Benjamin Henry Latrobe

11 February 1811, Washington. Submits at JM’s direction a list of outstanding claims against the public buildings. “The two first items arise from engagements which have subsisted for some years, and have not been closed. The latter exhibits the amount of the demands against the public for Labor & for materials delivered: the certified vouchers of which are deposited with the Superintendent of the city.”

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 233, President’s Messages, 11A-D1). RC 1 p. Enclosure (2 pp.) is a “List of Claims outstanding against the public Buildings of the U.S. Feby. 1st. 1811.” The three categories of claims—“Sculptors & their Assistants,” “Salaries,” and “Labor & Materials”—amounted to a total of $6,502.92½. Latrobe evidently enclosed the RC and list of claims to JM on 23 Feb. 1811 (first letter), and JM forwarded them to the House of Representatives in his message of 25 Feb. 1811.

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